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Keeping Your Little One Cosy: A Guide to Safe and Warm Sleep in the Colder Months

Keeping Your Little One Cosy: A Guide to Safe and Warm Sleep in the Colder Months

Keeping Your Little One Cosy: A Guide to Safe and Warm Sleep in the Colder Months

During this time of year, new parents often face the challenge of keeping their little ones safe, warm, and snug as the colder months approach. In winter, particularly when it's bitterly cold outside, babies struggle to regulate their body temperature, leaving them more susceptible to coughs, colds, and flu.

Our brief guide aims to equip you with the knowledge needed to help your little ones maintain a consistent body temperature during chilly nights.

Choosing the Right Clothing

As temperatures plummet, the best approach to keeping your little one warm while they sleep is to dress them in several lightweight, easily removable layers. Avoid the temptation to bundle them up in heavy or thick wool clothing. Instead, opt for a few thin layers of warm clothes that can be easily removed during late-night nappy changes. A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one more layer than you.

Set the Nursery Temperature

To ensure your little one maintains a comfortable body temperature throughout the night, aim to keep their nursery between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. Always have a room thermometer nearby to monitor the temperature and ensure it remains safe and comfortable.

Use a Sleeping Bag

On colder nights, simply dressing your baby in pyjamas or an all-in-one sleep suit may not suffice to keep them warm. To ensure their comfort throughout the night, consider wrapping them in a thick, cosy swaddling blanket or using a high-quality baby sleeping bag (also known as a grow bag) to prevent them from kicking off the covers in their sleep.

Position the Crib or Cot

The placement of your baby's cot in the nursery can also impact their comfort during sleep. Always position the cot away from air vents, drafty windows, fans, and exterior walls. Ensure all windows are fully closed to prevent cold drafts from entering the room.

Use a Firm Mattress

Keep your baby's crib or cot warm from below by using our range of Tiny Dreamer mattresses, which are firm and covered with a heat-regulating material.

Heads, Hands, and Tiny Toes

As babies lose a significant amount of body heat through their heads, hands, and feet, it's crucial to keep these areas covered during sleep. For newborns, soft beanie hats and lightweight mittens provide an extra layer of warmth. If your baby isn't wearing an all-in-one sleep suit, you can keep their feet warm with a pair of soft socks.

If you're uncertain about whether your baby is sleeping at the correct temperature or have any concerns, we recommend contacting your local midwife or health visitor for further advice and guidance.

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